Studies in Shakespeare

Paperback | July 8, 2012

byRichard Grant White

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...would (not singing an air), on the tonic? thus, £ The notes which he sings are these:--Now to any musical ear this succession of notes suggests a discord that must be resolved by the chord of the tonic:--This resolution would have been implied if Edmund had gone on, as he naturally would have done, and sung fa, sol, la, mi, fa:--But, beginning on the sub-dominant, he stops short of the tonic upon the leading note of the scale; and this when he lias just said, " These eclipses do portend these divisions/'--divisions being used in a double sense, that of distraction, and the musical sense--in which Shakespeare often uses it--of a rapid succession of notes. Surely it could not have been by chance that Shakespeare, a musician, did this. It is as if this chord were played and not resolved; a discipline to which Mr. Chappell, because he is an accomplished musician, would, I suspect, not like to be subjected. In a speech of Gloucester's, the close of which has already been commented upon, he, speaking of the storm which plays such an important part in this tragedy that it may almost be numbered among the dramatis 2ersonce, says of it,--The sea, with such a storm as his bare head In hell-black night endur'd, would have buo3r'd up7 And quench'd the stelled tires. Act III. Sc. 7. This is the reading of the folio and of the quartos; but is " buoy'd up " to be accepted without question? Mr. Furness and all the best editors leave it undisturbed; but in both the Collier folio and the Quincy folio " buoy'd up " is changed to " boil'd up." Heath, who is among the good Shakespeare commentators, says that buoyed is " used here as the middle voice in Greek, signifying to buoy or lift itself up; " and if the word is to be retained this doubtless is the sense in...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...would (not singing an air), on the tonic? thus, £ The notes which he sings are these:--Now to any musical ear this succ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:114 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.24 inPublished:July 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217878350

ISBN - 13:9780217878357

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